Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Being funny is HARD!
Now that cat's expression is FUNNY!
The reviews are coming in for DOESN'T SHE LOOK NATURAL, and nearly everyone remarks about the humor. It's so noticeable, in fact, that when I handed in the second book of the series, SHE ALWAYS WORE RED, my editor said it wasn't as funny as the first. So all week as I've been doing revisions, I've been sitting here trying to be funny.
It's hard work!
What makes it hard is that we all laugh at different things. What strikes me as hilarious may not even elicit a smile from someone else, and what tickles someone else may not do more than lift my brow. Furthermore, I think my natural humor is sort of wry, which isn't roll-on-the-floor funny at all.
Anyway . . . I'm challenging myself to insert four funny somethings in every day's page quota. I'm suffering over this, believe it or not! Who was it that said, "Dying is easy . . . comedy is hard." I believe it!
I received one email from Marty, a bookstore manager I met several years ago (and a MALE reader, I might point out.) Marty said this:
Doesn't She Look Natural was the first choice to read after ICRS. I loved it! Of course, I had to explain myself when I burst out laughing at lunch at the "you have a customer" line. I could just imagine one of my children saying something like that...
I'm glad Marty enjoyed the "you have a customer" line, but truthfully, I don't even remember writing it! That one must have been accidentally funny.
So pray for me, if you will, during the remainder of this week . . . that my brain would be snapping on all the funny circuits. :-)
Thank you veddy much.